The weather has an uncanny knack for mirroring footballing moods, especially in western England where the land pushes further into the Atlantic. Hailstorms are punctuated by sunny skies, wind is a constant and thunder/lightning are never too far away.
Last week the weather was positive, as was the football. Chelsea’s lapse was encouraging and our victory at Spurs dashed Daniel Levy’s plans for a celebratory DVD. Who am I kidding? Even jokes about Spurs and their celebratory DVDs seem hollow in times like these!
From a footballing perspective it was one of the worst weekends imaginable – which basically makes it a shoddy weekend in the general sense. The only thing saving it was the mighty St Stephens Borough applying to play on the local AstroTurf. A welcome change, as recent games have only just resembled football.
In that sense we are leading the way… in the East Cornwall Premier League. Which granted, is akin to being the ‘ardest bloke in the House of Lords, but it is a start. The faster we get people playing on good pitches; the faster people will be prompted to play good football. Football is fun, but it is a lot more fun when you have 11 people who know what they’re doing on a surface that behaves its self. If you can offer players a decent pitch, detached from the effects of the weather, then you will get people playing football. Not to mention alleviating the more tedious aspects of the amateur game: marking out the pitch, setting up the nets, various ground work… etc.
Who knows? Ultimately you might even create a watchable local club, which people will be more inclined to support financially. My experience of Amateur football is that it is often held afloat by a dutiful few with deep affinities to their club – illogical bonds that are simply un-transferable. Make a club entertaining and you might attract spectators.
The resurgence of Swansea City can be traced to the construction of The Liberty Stadium. As public money is more plentiful in wales, the project was financed by the local council. The stadium was completed in 2005, offering a capacity almost double that of the previous Vetch Field. To begin with attendances fluctuated in relation to form, but significantly they never dropped to pre-05 levels. Swansea employed a succession of talented managers, played in a style that people wanted to watch and that decent players wanted to be a part of. Even Michael Laudrup was intrigued by the project and in his first season ended up with a League Cup Trophy.
In less than a decade, Swansea had moved from the brink of financial ruin to being in a position where they could buy Valencia’s best player. Unfortunately, as is often the case they earned the ‘privilege’ to face unglamourous Eastern European Cities, whilst lacking the depth to cope.
As such, we face them in 15th place, a few places below where they should be.
With Gibbs and The Ox pardoned, our team should look a little like this:
Sagna Mert Koz Gibbs
Podolski Cazorla Rosicky
We’ll be all right; we tend to return well from our drubbings… depressing as that is.
Anyway, I’m off to bankrupt myself at auction. You know what they say… you’ve got to speculate to speculate…
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